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Home In One An Interview with Sam Perrin

Sam Perrin from Design Builders tells us why this new showhome is a must-see.

Presented by Design Builders Bay of Plenty

Design Builders Bay of Plenty’s new showhome is located just a golf ball’s throw from a prime golf course and a short drive to the coast. Sam Perrin from Design Builders tells us why this new home is a must-see.

Who would this home appeal to, and why?
It would appeal to quite a few different types of people. A retired couple – it’s located close to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. A younger couple who are looking to grow their family – the floor plan is about 250 square meters. There’s privacy – the four bedrooms flank a central open-plan living area, with the master suite separated from the other bedroom wing. The local playcentre is within a short walking distance. There are also sports grounds, a skate park and all the amenities. A middle-aged couple would also enjoy living here – and, because of the golf course, a golfer.

What were you trying to achieve with your latest showhome, Sam?
A few things. Due to its location right next to a golf course, it’s tailor-made for a golfer. There’s access for a golf cart, right on the boundary. The house sits close to the coast and you can see the harbour, so it had to have a coastal living feel. In terms of style, it’s got a Hampton country-style feel. It’s a home that has character. It’s sunny, nor-west facing with sea views and overlooking the Omokoroa golf course and sited so that you can enjoy the house in the afternoon, when the sun is at its best and you’re sitting down to enjoy a beer or a wine.

What, if any, were the main challenges during the build process?
With the building industry being as busy as it is, getting the right people can be a challenge. We always want the best people on our projects, and for them to want to be there. Luckily, we got some great people who shared in the vision.

What are you most excited about with this home?
I think it’s the detail. The feature fire, the exposed rafters on the outside, as well as, internally, interior window detailing.

What else would you tell people to look out for?
I’d like to think it’s not something to look out for, rather something you will instinctively see and experience. That is the flow from the kitchen and dining to outdoor entertaining area to lawn being all one level. The whole central area works really well with timber sarking, a three-sided feature fireplace, and marble stone-effect plastered wall.

It’s a beautiful-looking home, but it’s also very liveable.
A big part of this home was achieving the Lifemark rating. Lifemark-rated homes are designed to be liveable and safe for people of all ages and stages. So, access, flow, flat level entry is important. When you’re inside this show home it feels like a house that works very well. Every space is designed for the site – it’s a very functional home. Someone in a wheelchair can go from the road, into the house, through it, out to the lawn, even out to the washing line. We’ve kept everything at the same level, so it’s a smooth transition.

Tell us why it was so important to get an interior designer involved?
Great interior designers have the ability to look at a house holistically, to see how everything intertwines and works together – kitchens, carpets, walls, bedspreads, cushions. They can see the bigger picture and ultimately bring it all together like one big story that’s cohesive and coherent. For this show home our interior designer was involved in colours – from the interior to the garage door, and everything from bedroom furnishings, duvets, sheets, even the flowers.

You’ve created many homes for Design Builders clients, Sam – any advice for someone thinking about building?
One of the most important things to me is the relationship. As a client when you’re building a home, it’s a good 18 months or so working closely with your designer and builder, so the relationship has got to be good. You’re on a journey, so you have to work with someone you get on with. Ultimately, it’s about having a great experience, and the result is a home built around you.